Emergence as a Feature of Practice-based Design Research

William Gaver, Peter Gall Krogh, Andrew Boucher, David Chatting

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Practice-based design research is often emergent. Methods, tactics, goals and even topics can unfold and change as researchers adapt and learn in the course of their projects. This adaptability is one of the strengths of design as an approach to research, but it seems to contradict assumptions about research as a systematic, inquiry-led investigation. This leads to a tension in practicing and reporting research that we unpack here, before making a series of suggestions for practice-based researchers and reviewers about how to better navigate emergence when pursuing, reporting and evaluating practice-based design research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Wellbeing
EditorsFlorian Mueller, Stefan Greuter, Rohit Ashok Khot, Penny Sweetser, Marianna Obrist
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450393584
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2022
EventDIS 2022 - Designing Interactive Systems: Digital Wellbeing - Online (this year)
Duration: 13 Jun 202217 Jun 2022


ConferenceDIS 2022 - Designing Interactive Systems
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